Government Video Website of the Week: the Federal Trade Commission’s ‘OnGuard Online’

Site helps youthful users avoid internet fraud and bad content choices that could haunt them for years.
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“Stop and think before you click,” is the advice given by “OnGuard Online,” the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) website dedicated to helping youthful users avoid internet fraud and bad content choices that could haunt them for years.

The website is loaded with situational videos that are instructional and amusing, such as one set in a dress shop in which a male character asks a female shopper for some personal information. The woman declines exposing the man as a “fish” (the man is wearing a business suit, obviously a disguise because a large fin sticks out his back), who is “phishing” for information to steal identities. The point is, the shopped would never provide that information to a stranger in a store, so why do it online?

In another video, users are asked if they really want to post a photo, or information of themselves that might be embarrassing, especially if it surfaces during a interview for college, or a job.

For attempting to keep teenagers and young adults from putting themselves at risk, the FTC’s OnGuard Online is Government Video’s Website of the Week.

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